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Photography and Image Permissions


To order an image or request permission to reproduce an image, please contact our rights and reproductions office. Please include as much of the following information as possible in your request:

  • Contact name
  • Company name
  • Shipping and billing addresses
  • Phone and fax numbers
  • Email address
  • Information about the object requested (i.e., object number, artist, title, medium, country of origin, date)
  • Photographic material format requested (black-and-white print, color print, color transparency for publication, digital image)

If you are requesting permission to reproduce an image, please include the following information as well:

  • Project or publication name and description (for publications, please provide as much bibliographical information as possible)
  • Quantity (print run or estimated number of subscriptions if an online publication)
  • Please indicate if this is an educational or nonprofit project.
  • If you are requesting permission to reuse an image you already have, please indicate when and where you obtained it. If applicable, include an invoice or permission number.

Pay Now

Already have an invoice? Pay now. Please have your invoice number and amount available.

Digital Image Sets

You can also order sets of our most popular images, provided digitally on a CD, at a special price of $200 plus shipping. The PDFs below provide details about the sets, which each include 40 images unless otherwise indicated.

To order, contact reprorights@si.edu.

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American Art

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Biblical Manuscripts

2 sets available
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Chinese Art

Image information (PDF)
Caption information (PDF)

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Islamic Art

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Japanese Art

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South Asian Art

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Email, fax or mail image requests to:

Email, fax or mail image requests to:
Rights and Reproductions Coordinator
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Smithsonian Institution
P.O. Box 37012, MRC 707
Washington, D.C. 20013-7012
Fax: 202-312-2811

Members of the press

For questions on using museum images in media stories, contact our press office at publicaffairsAsia@si.edu.

Product development

For questions about using museum images in product development, contact our shop staff at asiashops@si.edu.

As renovation work continues in the Freer Gallery, the Sackler Gallery also will close on July 10, 2017. This museum-wide closure will allow us to completely reinstall our exhibitions and revitalize features to improve your visit. Both spaces will reopen on October 14, 2017, when we will welcome the public back to the Freer|Sackler: two galleries, one destination. For your safety, all visitors will have their bags checked. See the complete list of restricted items and bag sizes.